Custom Turkey Calls
Pritchett grew up in Forestdale Alabama, which is on the outskirts
of Birmingham. Hunting and fishing since the age of 5, Eric was
fortunate to have a father who often took him at every opportunity
and instilled in him a love for the great outdoors. This trait alone
is one he looks forward to teaching his son and daughter as they
grow up. Eric is also an active member in the Birmingham chapter
of NWTF and is especially active with the Jakes program.
Call making for Eric began in the mid 80s
while he worked for a local cabinet shop. This environment helped
spawn the idea of trying to build his first turkey call. After making
calls for close friends he quickly decided that he was on to something
great. His primary influence was none other that M. L Lynch who
lived in Homewood Alabama. Although he never personally meet Mr.
Lynch he was fortunate to have several of these famous calls to
pattern his ideas from. He quickly came up with a style of his own
and soon the Pritchett's Custom Turkey Calls was born.
However, being self-taught has it set backs. Eric states his number
one obstacle was not having the right tools or the time to spend
in the shop, which is a common problem for call makers when they
start out. Needless to say, he now possesses the needed tools to
complete the calls, but he jokes that he is still short on time
(i.e. raising 2 children).
line of calls is quite impressive. He currently makes both double
and single side box calls, scratch boxes, 2 and 3 joint wing bone
calls, river cane and also turtle shell slate calls. His wing bone
calls are made from wild birds he has harvested through out the
season and are one of his favorite type calls to make along with
the turtle shell slate calls. His box and scratch calls are built
using a mixture of black walnut, mahogany and cedar. All of Erics
calls from the wing bone to the box calls are 100% handcrafted by
Eric himself. Each call is signed and dated for the year it was
made and are guaranteed to call birds or it never leaves the shop.
Eric can also be found on page 181 of Earl
Mickels book, Turkey Call Makers Past and Present, The Rest
of the Best.